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Rock out to Wikipedia

Rock out to Wikipedia

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In the spirit of today’s euphonious talk from Beardyman, and our companion piece of the weirdest sounds to grace the TED stage, celebrate all-things-music with this incredible audiation of Wikipedia. The world’s largest crowd-sourced encyclopedia got a little more melodious this week, when Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi of Hatnote turned the cacophony of information []

The 10 strangest sounds heard on the TED stage

The 10 strangest sounds heard on the TED stage

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What is possible with the human voice? Beardyman asks in today’s talk. He demonstrates with at least fifty manipulations of his voice – from a dog barking to the two-tone singing of a monk. “I was always trying to extend my repertoire of noises to be the very maximum it can be,” he says. On his quest to []

TEDGlobal 2013, visually scribed

TEDGlobal 2013, visually scribed

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Installed in the middle of the social spaces during TEDGlobal 2013 two weeks ago, three visual scribes kept busy throughout the conference drawing, capturing and sometimes deconstructing the content of every talk on giant whiteboards. David Christie, Fernanda de Uriarte and Tom Oswald, of the London firm Innovation Arts, turned the ideas expressed by the speakers on []

Seen at TEDGlobal, 5 hilarious TEDx videos from around the world

Seen at TEDGlobal, 5 hilarious TEDx videos from around the world

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Before TEDGlobal 2013, director Bruno Giussani reached out to the giant community of TEDx organizers around the world to ask for some comic relief. He asked them, “What are the funniest videos from your event?” And, as usual, TEDx’ers came through — with wild enthusiasm. Below, the 5 hilarious TEDx Talks Giussani selected to show at []

Matters of the heart: RuthAnne at TEDGlobal 2013

Matters of the heart: RuthAnne at TEDGlobal 2013

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As this amazing week of TEDGlobal 2013 winds to a close with Session 8: Altogether Now, the audience is still reeling from a shocking talk on the mighty roots of corruption by Charmian Gooch, founder of Global Witness. What better to help soothe the soul than the rich and sultry voice of Irish-born pop singer-songwriter []

Uncovering corruption: Charmian Gooch at TEDGlobal 2013

Uncovering corruption: Charmian Gooch at TEDGlobal 2013

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When we talk about corruption, certain types of individuals come to mind, says Charmian Gooch, co-founder of watchdog NGO Global Witness. She gives some familiar examples of the type. There’s the (former) Soviet megalomaniac — such as Saparmurat Niyazov, the all-powerful leader of Turkmenistan, whose indulgences included erecting a 40-foot-high gold-plated statue of himself that []